Team

We are in the process of building a team of scientists to tackle fundamental questions in cell biology. We are looking for motivated, creative, fun, positive people. If this is you, then we encourage you to learn more about joining us!

Jason E. Lee, PhD

Principal Investigator

Jason received his BS in Electrical Engineering from the University of Hawaii at Manoa. He completed his PhD training with Pravin Sehgal at New York Medical College studying the dependence of Golgi function on nitric oxide in the context of pulmonary arterial hypertension. After his PhD, Jason trained as a postdoctoral fellow with Gia Voeltz at the University of Colorado, Boulder studying organelle division and inter-organelle contact sites. Since July 2020, Jason has been an Assistant Professor in the Department of Molecular and Cellular Biology at Baylor College of Medicine (BCM). During his career, Jason has received several honors, including Ruth L. Kirschstein Predoctoral and Postdoctoral Awards from the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute and the National Cancer Institute of the NIH, and a CPRIT Scholar Award. Outside of the lab, Jason enjoys surfing, playing soccer and baseball, traveling with his family, and watching his daughter learn new things everyday.

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Loc H. Nguyen, MS, MD

Research Associate

Loc was born and raised in Vietnam. He earned an MD and Specialist of the 1st Degree in General Surgery from the University of Medicine and Pharmacy of Ho Chi Minh City. After immigrating to the USA, Loc earned a Master of Education from the University of Houston. He has been a member of the Department of Molecular and Cellular Biology at BCM since April 2000 and has contributed to several publications related to cancer research. Besides work, Loc enjoy fishing, reading, and spending time with his family. 

Zachary Ralston

Research Technician

Zach is originally from Salinas, California and recently graduated with a BA in Molecular Biology from Claremont Mckenna College. He was a student-athlete that balanced playing for the Claremont-Mudd-Scripps football team and pursuing his research interests in the laboratory of Zhaohua Irene Tang. In the Tang Lab, Zach worked with fission yeast (S. Pombe) to study relationships between heterochromatin modulation, RNA processing, cell cycle regulation, and cell death.  Outside of academia, Zach enjoys hiking, playing basketball, cooking, playing with cats, and volunteering in the community.

Chang-Jui (Andrea) Chen

Postdoc Fellow

Andrea is originally from Taiwan where she received a Bachelor of Science in Pharmacy from Taipei Medical University. After achieving a B.S., Andrea worked as a clinical pharmacist at Taipei Medical University Hospital specializing in oncology and hematology. She gained clinical pharmacy and research experience at Ohio State University and the University of Illinois, Chicago. Andrea completed her Ph.D. in Pharmaceutical Sciences at the University of Texas at Austin studying the immunomodulatory properties of metformin and its role in reprogramming immunological aging. Her long-term goal is to conduct translational research as a principal investigator in academia. Outside of her love for science and research, Andrea enjoys cooking, swimming, hiking, yoga, and watching college football games with her husband. 

Joshua Marcus

National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences (NIEHS) T32 Postdoc Fellow

Josh received his BS in Molecular, Cellular, and Developmental Biology from the University of Colorado Boulder. There, under the mentorship of James Orth, he studied the cell cycle effects of nuclear export inhibition as a cancer therapeutic. He completed his PhD training with Shaida Andrabi at the University of Alabama at Birmingham studying the effects of oxidative stress on the RNA-binding protein TDP43 in neurons. He started his postdoc in our lab at the beginning of September 2021 and studying biomolecular condensate quality control mechanisms associated with the endoplasmic reticulum. Outside the lab, Josh enjoys hiking, live music, and spending time with his family who are local to Houston.